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===1963–1976: Soviet dominance===
 
===1963–1976: Soviet dominance===
 
[[Image:Dbauer44.jpg|right|thumb|150px|upright|In 1962, [[David Bauer (ice hockey)|Father David Bauer]] established a national team made up of Canada's top amateur players.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=b198901&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo|title=Father David Bauer|work=Legends of Hockey|publisher=[[Hockey Hall of Fame]]|accessdate=2009-03-12}}</ref>]]
 
[[Image:Dbauer44.jpg|right|thumb|150px|upright|In 1962, [[David Bauer (ice hockey)|Father David Bauer]] established a national team made up of Canada's top amateur players.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=b198901&type=Builder&page=bio&list=ByName#photo|title=Father David Bauer|work=Legends of Hockey|publisher=[[Hockey Hall of Fame]]|accessdate=2009-03-12}}</ref>]]
At the 1963 World Championships in Stockholm, the Soviet Union won the gold medal, beginning a streak of nine consecutive World Championship golds. The [[1964 Winter Olympics]] in [[Innsbruck]], [[Austria]] marked the first time that Canada failed to win an Olympic medal in hockey. The Soviet Union won all seven of their games and the gold medal, but Canada finished the tournament with five wins and two losses, putting them in a three-way tie for second place with Sweden and Czechoslovakia. Prior to 1964, the tie-breaking procedure was based on goal difference from games against teams in the medal round and under that system, Canada would have placed third ahead of the Czechoslovaks. The procedure had been changed to count all games and that meant the Canadians finished fourth.<ref>{{Cite web|title=1964 - Winter Olympics IX (Innsbruck, Austria)|url=http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/feature/?fid=10273|publisher=The Sports Network|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> However, the Olympics also counted as the World Championships, and under IIHF rules, Canada should have won a bronze.<ref>{{Cite web|title='64 Team Canada gets bronze medals|url=http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=123399&lid=sublink05&lpos=topStory_canadian_hockey|publisher=The Sports Network|date=2005-04-30|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> In April 2005, the IIHF admitted that a mistake had occurred and announced that they had reviewed the decision and would award the 1964 Canadian team a World Championship bronze medal.<ref>{{Cite web|title=1964 Canadian Olympic hockey team to be honoured|url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2005/04/29/olympichockey050429.html|publisher=CBC Sports|date=2005-04-29|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> However, two months later, the IIHF over-turned their decision and rejected an appeal in September.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=127513|title=IIHF denies Canada 1964 bronze|date=2005-06-05|publisher=The Sports Network|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref>
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At the 1963 World Championships in Stockholm, the Soviet Union won the gold medal, beginning a streak of nine consecutive World Championship golds. The [[1964 Winter Olympics]] in [[Innsbruck]], [[Austria]] marked the first time that Canada failed to win an Olympic medal in hockey. The Soviet Union won all seven of their games and the gold medal, but Canada finished the tournament with five wins and two losses, putting them in a three-way tie for second place with Sweden and Czechoslovakia. Prior to 1964, the tie-breaking procedure was based on goal difference from games against teams in the medal round and under that system, Canada would have placed third ahead of the Czechoslovaks. The procedure had been changed to count all games and that meant the Canadians finished fourth.<ref>{{Cite web|title=1964 - Winter Olympics IX (Innsbruck, Austria)|url=http://www.tsn.ca/olympics/feature/?fid=10273|publisher=The Sports Network|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> However, the Olympics also counted as the World Championships, and under IIHF rules, Canada should have won a bronze.<ref>{{Cite web|title='64 Team Canada gets bronze medals|url=http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=123399&lid=sublink05&lpos=topStory_canadian_hockey|publisher=The Sports Network|date=2005-04-30|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> In April 2005, the IIHF admitted that a mistake had occurred and announced that they had reviewed the decision and would award the 1964 Canadian team a World Championship bronze medal.<ref>{{Cite web|title=1964 Canadian Olympic hockey team to be honoured|url=http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2005/04/29/olympichockey050429.html|publisher=CBC Sports|date=2005-04-29|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref> However, two months later, the IIHF over-turned their decision and rejected an appeal in September.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.tsn.ca/canadian_hockey/story/?id=127513|title=IIHF denies Canada 1964 bronze|date=2005-06-05|publisher=The Sports Network|accessdate=2009-03-10}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050921/TRUTH21/TPSports/Hockey|title=IIHF backs off on giving Canadians 1964 bronze medal|work=[[The Globe and Mail]]|author=Houston, William|date=2005-09-21|accessdate=2009-03-10}} {{Dead link|date=September 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref>
   
 
The Soviets dominated the remainder of the decade. Following 1963, the team went undefeated in Olympic and World Championship competition for four years. Their streak was broken by Czechoslovakia at the [[1968 Winter Olympics]]. Despite the loss, the Soviets still won gold.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-81.html|title=Story #81–Czechoslovakia snaps Soviets' six-year winning streak|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref><ref name="OR1968">{{Cite document|title=X<sup>th</sup> Winter Olympic Games Official Report|publisher=Comité d'Organisation des xèmes Jeux Olympiques d'Hiver de Grenoble|year=1969|pages=386|url=http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1968/or1968.pdf|format=PDF|accessdate=2009-03-10|ref=harv|postscript=<!--None-->}}</ref> It was the last time that the Olympics were also counted as the World Championships.<ref name="Num5">{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-5.html|title=Story #5–1972&nbsp;– Soviet streak of nine straight World golds ends|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref> In 1969, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia played "the most emotionally charged games in the history of international hockey."<ref name="Num18">{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-18.html|title=Story #18–Two games Czechoslovakia simply couldn’t lose|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref> The rights to host the tournament had originally been awarded to Czechoslovakia but they were forced to decline the rights following the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion of the nation in August 1968.<ref name="Num18"/> The tournament was held in [[Stockholm]], [[Sweden]], and with these international tensions, the Czechoslovak team was determined to defeat the Soviets. They won both of their games 2–0 and 4–3 but despite these wins, the Czechs lost both of their games to Sweden and won bronze.<ref name="Num18"/>
 
The Soviets dominated the remainder of the decade. Following 1963, the team went undefeated in Olympic and World Championship competition for four years. Their streak was broken by Czechoslovakia at the [[1968 Winter Olympics]]. Despite the loss, the Soviets still won gold.<ref>{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-81.html|title=Story #81–Czechoslovakia snaps Soviets' six-year winning streak|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref><ref name="OR1968">{{Cite document|title=X<sup>th</sup> Winter Olympic Games Official Report|publisher=Comité d'Organisation des xèmes Jeux Olympiques d'Hiver de Grenoble|year=1969|pages=386|url=http://www.la84foundation.org/6oic/OfficialReports/1968/or1968.pdf|format=PDF|accessdate=2009-03-10|ref=harv|postscript=<!--None-->}}</ref> It was the last time that the Olympics were also counted as the World Championships.<ref name="Num5">{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-5.html|title=Story #5–1972&nbsp;– Soviet streak of nine straight World golds ends|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref> In 1969, the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia played "the most emotionally charged games in the history of international hockey."<ref name="Num18">{{Cite web|url=http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/the-iihf/100-year-anniversary/100-top-stories/story-18.html|title=Story #18–Two games Czechoslovakia simply couldn’t lose|publisher=International Ice Hockey Federation|accessdate=2009-03-10|year=2008|author=[[#Podmon|Szemberg, Szymon; Podnieks, Andrew]]}}</ref> The rights to host the tournament had originally been awarded to Czechoslovakia but they were forced to decline the rights following the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion of the nation in August 1968.<ref name="Num18"/> The tournament was held in [[Stockholm]], [[Sweden]], and with these international tensions, the Czechoslovak team was determined to defeat the Soviets. They won both of their games 2–0 and 4–3 but despite these wins, the Czechs lost both of their games to Sweden and won bronze.<ref name="Num18"/>
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